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Sunset on the Fraser River

The Neighbourhood

Sunset 1An ethnically diverse neighbourhood within Ontario Street on the west and Knight Street on the east, Sunset extends from 41st Avenue south to the Fraser River in southeastern Vancouver, British Columbia. Like most of southeast Vancouver, the area was once mostly working class, but rising prices everywhere have made the area increasingly popular with young professionals and families no longer able to afford houses on the west side.

Background

Formerly part of the incorporated District of South Vancouver, the neighbourhood became part of Vancouver in 1929. As farmland sloping southward to the river with clusters of homes and villages by the 1860s, when the Fraser River was a full day’s journey to the Granville Townsite on the Burrard Inlet by boat or overland through forest and swamp, Sunset welcomed the advance of Westminster Avenue, now Main Street, south from Mount Pleasant in 1910.

The first immigrants from Punjab arrived in Vancouver in the 1890s. Most of them settled in the area around Main Street and 49th Avenue, and many established restaurants and businesses there. Over the years the Sunset neighbourhood has become for Vancouver’s estimated 160,000 South Asian residents a central assembly point of culture and commerce.

The number of Punjabi speakers increased steadily for decades. It is now the most common language in Sunset. More than one in four, 26 per cent of the Sunset population, in 2006 spoke Punjabi as their first language compared to less than three per cent of the general city population, 21 percent spoke Chinese, and 24 percent English. Businesses, restaurants, and services catering to these communities proliferated along Fraser and Main streets; prominent among them was the Punjabi Market.

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The Punjabi Market

The Punjabi Market is a commercial district and ethnic enclave in a roughly six-block section around Main Street and 49th Avenue. Vancouver is home to more than 200,000 people of Indian and Pakistani descent, nowhere more vibrant than at the Punjabi Market, a world of glittering bangles, flowing saris, and rich curry aromas. The neighbourhood gives visitors a glimpse of South Asian culture on Canada’s Pacific Coast. Shops sell fine silk saris in a rainbow of bright colors and elaborate gowns with thousands of tiny inlaid gems. Bhangra music from Bollywood films pumps out of storefronts. Fine jewelers offer exquisite gold rings, bracelets, and necklaces. In April, the Punjabi Market celebrates Vaisakhi Day, the Sikh New Year, with a colorful parade through the streets attracting thousands of spectators.

Vancouver’s Punjabi Market has been a city fixture for decades, but the 2013 municipal Assessment Roll Report finds the area in financial trouble: “Values here are down about 15 percent as the regional [Indo-Canadian] retail hub continues to shift towards Surrey.” Even Tourism Vancouver says the Punjabi Market is struggling. Once famous for many jewelry stores, the Punjabi Market now displays lots of empty space for lease. Elsewhere across the city, retail property value assessments rise but decline here as businesses relocate to Surrey.

The Punjabi Market Association says the district needs some help from the city, province, and federal governments if it’s going to survive. The Surrey Board of Trade says its city offers lower rents and taxes than does Vancouver.

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Sunset, Vancouver, BC

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  • 40 E 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS(r) # R2098196

    Main Photo: 40 E 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS(r) # R2098196
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Garage
    • Exterior Back
    • Garden
    • Garden
    • Exterior Front
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Family Room
    • Dining Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Entrance Hall
    • Bathroom
    • Entrance Hall
    • Garage
    $5,200,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2098196
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,244 sq. ft.
    Very high end home, must see to appreciate. No mdf used in the house, everything is wood. Central location close to transit, shopping, schools & restaurants. Rough in available to construct a second kitchen on main floor. Great to hold as an investment, owner willing to rent back. 750 sq ft lane way house with a two car garage in the rear. More details
    Amex Broadway West Realty
  • 129 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2182386

    Main Photo: 129 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2182386
    $4,988,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2182386
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    5,176 sq. ft.
    A spectacular new contemporary residence built by ILA Developments Ltd in the heart of Oakridge hottest neighborhood. This luxury 3 level home boasts 6 bdrms, 6 baths & 990 SF 2 level, 2 bedrooms laneway home. Beautifully designed & exquisite finishes, wide S facing, bright open floor plan, master w/new spa-steam shower ensuite & w/i closet, marble countertops throughout, elegant living & dining rms w/9ft (up&down) 10ft main high ceilings, engineered wood, radiant heat, 2x fireplace, sensational media wine rm, smart home w/advanced technology system control smart phone/tablet. Close to schools, parks, 2-5-10 warranty. Price includes GST. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
  • 105 W 44TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2177934

    Main Photo: 105 W 44TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2177934
    $4,690,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2177934
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    4,184 sq. ft.
    Agent Open 10:30am to 12pm Wednesday June 28 More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 173 W 47TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180208

    Main Photo: 173 W 47TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180208
    $4,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180208
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    3,988 sq. ft.
    This elegant south facing 3 level home plus 577 sqft laneway house are located in the core of the city. The main house with 3411 sqft features open concept living & dining rooms w/ modern crystal chandeliers, H/W flooring throughout, 10' ceiling on main, sleek gourmet kitchen & wok kit w/ top-of-the-line appliances, granite countertops, security sys, HRV, A/C. Upstairs w/ 4 spacious bdrms & 3 full baths. Luxurious spa-like master bath w/ Jacuzzi. The lower level has a 1 bdrm w/ wet bar & theater & a 2 bdrm w/ open kitchen legal suite. Well manicured backyard w/ sprinkler systems. Steps to Langara College, YMCA, transit to UBC, Skytrain & Oakridge Mall, Van Horne Elementary, Eric Hamber Secondary & Churchill Secondary (French Immersion) school catchments. Extremely convenient location. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 163 W 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale in "OAKRIDGE" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2164429

    Main Photo: 163 W 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale in "OAKRIDGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2164429
    $4,288,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2164429
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,001 sq. ft.
    This gorgeous West-Coast contemporary home situated on large 51.40'x122' lot in desirable neighbourhood Oakridge. The complete stud-out renovation was done in Sep 2016. Hardie board & stone exterior, elegant hardwood flooring throughout all 3 levels, open kitchen is equipped with large island w/ breakfast bars & appliances Sub-Zero / Wolf & white custom cabinetry, all bdrms are ensuite upstairs, huge recreation / media room / 1 ensuite bdrm / sauna on basement, radiant heating, 24-hrs security system, covered outdoor hot tub, 4-car garage heated & insulated & much more. This is like superb new house! Just steps to Canadian Line station, Langara college, park, golf course & bus stop. Easy access to Oakridge mall, top schools, UBC, Cambie village with restaurants/cafes/retails. More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 189 W 61ST Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale in "MARPOLE" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2166000

    Main Photo: 189 W 61ST Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale in "MARPOLE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2166000
    $3,830,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2166000
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    3,779 sq. ft.
    Brand new house is located in most desirable MARPOLE neighbourhood. Corner lot of 46'x115.25'. Offers craftsmanship and high-quality materials. Hardwood flooring & elegant tile flooring throughout, spacious open concept floor plan, tons of natural light into every room, European kitchen w/ built-in custom cabinetry / appliances / long island w/ wine storage/ Wok kitchen. Upstairs 4 ensuite bdrms. Basement features 1-bedroom legal suite, recreation room with wet bar & media room. A/C, HRV, radiant heat, security system, 2-5-10 NHW etc. Just steps to Langara Trail, Sexsmith Elem., Langara golf course & transportation. Easy access to Marine Gate shopping, Canadian Line skytrain which allows access to Richmond/Downtown & much more More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties and Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 766 E 53RD Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS(r) # R2180980

    Main Photo: 766 E 53RD Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS(r) # R2180980
    $3,688,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180980
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    5,337 sq. ft.
    Custom built 3-storey home!! Prestigious home located on a huge lot 47 x 205 sf, a prime property in South Vancouver. 5337 sf house in 3 stories, 3 bdrms (4 master bdrms plus den on above, 1 bdrm on main and potentially two 2 bdrm suites in bsmt) 9 bathrms (7 full bathrms, and 2 powder room), 2 steam room, jacuzzi, big balconies in 2 master bdrms, bar, spacious living rm, family rm, sizable kitchen plus spice kitchen; high end appliances. High ceiling, granite foyer, many granite features in the whole house and HRV, A/C, surround sound system and security sys. House offer exquisite privacy backyard with fantastic gardening view and landscaping, triple garage. More details
    New Coast Realty
  • 82 W 46TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2177328

    Main Photo: 82 W 46TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2177328
    • Exterior Front
    • Kitchen
    • Dining Room
    • open floor plan
    • Family Room
    • Study Room
    $3,590,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2177328
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,608 sq. ft.
    Beautifully built, nice spacious 4 bedroom plus den family home in prime Oakridge neighbourhood. Brand new kitchen, hardwood floors, high efficiency hotwater heating system and newer roof in 2009. Located near Van Horne Elementary and Eric Hamber High School catchment. Walking distance to Langara College, YMCA, Canada Line and Oakridge Center shopping Mall. This is a very popular up and coming family neighbourhood. Better be quick because this house will sell fast! More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
  • 35 W 44TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2153351

    Main Photo: 35 W 44TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2153351
    $3,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2153351
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,189 sq. ft.
    First time on the market! Beautiful home in quiet & popular Oakridge area. This exceptional 3,200 sq.ft. home offers quality, style and functionality at their best. Main: spacious living room with cozy gas fireplace & adjoins the lovely dining room, delightful family room with gas fireplace opens to your covered patio & private backyard, large den, sleek open gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances, centre island, granite counter-tops, and Wok Kitchen. Upper: master luxurious 5 pc ensuite, jetted tub, 3 additional large bedrooms all 4 pc ensuites. Lower: spacious 1 bedroom suite, laundry, & huge crawlspace. Radiant Heating, Central A/C, Central Vacuum. Detached 3 car garage. Close to parks, Oakridge Centre, YMCA, Langara College & all amenities along Cambie, Canada Line with easy access to Downtown & Richmond, all levels of good schools Van Horne Elementary, Eric Hamber & Churchill Secondary. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 470 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale in "FRASER" (Vancouver East) : MLS(r) # R2155715

    Main Photo: 470 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale in "FRASER" (Vancouver East)  : MLS(r) # R2155715
    $3,299,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2155715
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    2,771 sq. ft.
    Huge 43x146 6278 sqft. Land value only potential for re-development if combined with neighbouring homes, potential land assembly. Home is only 15 years old with 9 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 suites Below!! 2771 sqft, PART OF LAND ASSEMBLY - Check with City of Vancouver for Zoning and Potential. More details
    RE/MAX City Realty
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